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Niviuk’s single-skin Skin / Skin Plume

Niviuk’s single-skin Skin / Skin Plume

Niviuk are to release their super-lightweight single-skin paraglider, the Skin and its even lighter sister, the Skin Plume, in April 2015.  They say the single-skinners have the performance of standard gliders, are as easy to fly as school wings and inflate effortlessly, even in nil wind. Designed for hike-and-fly adventures, Niviuk say you can also thermal them and they have […]





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Nova Prion 3: EN-A paraglider

Nova Prion 3: EN-A paraglider

Nova say the new EN-A Prion 3 is a wing for every occasion, from school use and mellow top-to-bottoms to cross-country flights. Uncomplicated ground-handling, easy take-offs and a reassuringly high dampening around every axis are promised, as well as precise and agile turns and “amazingly high performance for a wing in this class”. Nova say it’s a completely […]





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Didi Siglbauer wins Gradient wing in Hikeandfly-XC comp

Didi Siglbauer wins Gradient wing in Hikeandfly-XC comp

German pilot Dietmar (Didi) Siglbauer won first prize of a brand new Gradient wing in the Hikeandfly-XC competition 2014. He was awarded his prize at the Stubai Cup on 8 March 2015. The Hikeandfly-XC competition runs over a calendar year, and is scored by Leonardo using the same scoring rules. Each pilot’s top six flights count […]





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AirDesign Hike: Superlight tandem

AirDesign Hike: Superlight tandem

AirDesign’s Hike is a superlight, small-packing 35m2 tandem wing, that weighs just 5.3kg. It’s certified EN B for solo or tandem use with a 110-180kg weight range. The company say the simple 38-cell construction ensures the Hike packs down small, and it’s built from light and durable materials: Dominico D30 on the leading edge and double-coated Porcher Skytex 27 classic II elsewhere. […]





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Nova Somnium cross-country harness

Nova Somnium cross-country harness

The Somnium (Latin for ‘dream’) is Nova’s new cross-country harness. A seatboardless, aerodynamic pod design with hybrid back protector, the S size weighs in at just 3.7kg. The hybrid back protector has foam under the seat for immediate protection, and an aerodynamically shaped airbag for full protection without adding too much weight. The split-leg, seatboardless design tends […]





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XC Tracer time lag-free vario

XC Tracer time lag-free vario

Swiss engineer Koni Schafroth has been developing the XC Tracer, a small lightweight variometer with real-time response, and has set up an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund its production.  The tiny unit weighs just 55g and  is a variometer and data-logger, which connects via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone. Koni, who currently works […]





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Skywalk – Salewa Alpine Speed Clothing Range

Skywalk – Salewa Alpine Speed Clothing Range

Skywalk have partnered with mountain clothing and equipment brand Salewa to release a range of specialised lightweight alpine clothing.  Skywalk say the new clothing range, a special version of Salewa’s ‘Alpine Speed’ collection, will complement their lightweight alpine paragliding range and be ideal for serious mountain hike-and-flyers. Their X-Alps athletes will be sporting the range in the 2015 […]





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Learning to fly pylons: Curved Ball

Learning to fly pylons: Curved Ball

In Cross Country 158 (April 2015) we talk to some of the sport’s top pilots about the art of learning – and getting good at – flying pylons. Pylon flying has taken the paramotoring world by storm in the last five years, pushing the sport out of the windy, remote airfield and bringing it to […]





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Off the Wall: X-Alps 2015 Wildcard Dave Turner

Off the Wall: X-Alps 2015 Wildcard Dave Turner

In issue 158 (April 2015) of Cross Country magazine, Red Bull X-Alps 2015 Wildcard Dave Turner tells us how he came down off the cliffs of Yosemite and fell head over heels in love with flying… “Keep an eye on this guy,” a pilot told me in 2010, “In a few years he’s either going […]





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Icaro Aquila: freestyle wing

Icaro Aquila: freestyle wing

Icaro have been in the paragliding business for 15 years. They are celebrating with an image overhaul, and the new freestyle wing, the Aquila, is the first to be released in the new style. Icaro say the Aquila combines the agility, speed and dynamics of an acro wing with the thermal and handling abilities of a high-level […]





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Hang Gliding Worlds 2015: 28 Feb – 13 March

Hang Gliding Worlds 2015: 28 Feb – 13 March

The 20th FAI Hang Gliding world Championships kicks off in Mexico at the weekend, with two weeks of competition scheduled for the first two weeks of March. Pilots from 20 countries have arrived in the well known free flight mecca of Valle de Bravo, a three hour journey from capital Mexico City, to compete. Ninety-seven […]





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Syride release new online Flight book

Syride release new online Flight book

Syride have released their new online flightbook platform. The map-oriented application curently has over 20,000 GPS tracks, searchable by site or by pilot. Syride say the online flight book is free to use and open to everyone, and “An awesome place to discover worldwide flying sites”. You can create a profile, and add pictures and video if you […]





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Niviuk Doberman video

Niviuk Doberman video

AHStudio, France are behind Niviuk’s latest video, for the Doberman slalom paramotor glider. The wing is for races, slalom circuits and “tricks in the sky”, and is testament to the fact that “Speed is not incompatible with flying precision”. The video has a distinctly wild west flavour, and we thought we’d share some of the behind-the-scenes […]





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Italy to host Paragliding World Championships 2017

Italy to host Paragliding World Championships 2017

Italy’s Monte Avena will host the 2017 Paragliding World Championships following a vote at the CIVL annual general meeting last week. Delegates from 41 countries met over two days to make decisions about free flight competition, including where to host various events. The 2016 European Hang Gliding Championship will be in Macedonia. The 2016 Paragliding […]





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Stephane Malbos elected new CIVL chairman

Stephane Malbos elected new CIVL chairman

Stephane Malbos has been elected new president of the CIVL Bureau, according to an update on the CIVL website. He replaces outgoing president Agust Gudmundsson who resigned to take a position on the FAI Executive Board. Stephane Malbos is a well-known figure in free flight bureaucracy and has been involved in free flight for 20 […]





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CIVL switch from GPS to barometric altitude

CIVL switch from GPS to barometric altitude

A report on the Naviter website says that CIVL has decided to use pressure altitude for scoring FAI Cat 1 paragliding competitions from May 2015. CIVL, the body responsible for sanctioning high level paragliding and hang gliding competitions, had its annual general meeting last week. Delegates from 41 countries attended the two-day meeting in Belgrade, […]





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Dominik Frei in fatal accident

Dominik Frei in fatal accident

Dominik Frei, 39, from Switzerland has tragically died following a fatal paragliding accident in Roldanillo on 18 February. The Swiss PWC pilot took off at 11.10am from the Los Tanques launch above Roldanillo, the same launch used in the recent Paragliding World Championships. According to eye-witness reports he experienced a full frontal collapse immediately after […]





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Sol CXC Pro competition paragliding harness

Sol CXC Pro competition paragliding harness

Sol’s new competition and cross-country paragliding harness is called the CXC Pro, and they say it’s the most sohisticated harness they have ever designed. With aerodynamic efficiency, safety and comfort top of the design tick-list, the CXC Pro has a pointed back fairing for aerodynamic efficiency and is both EN and LTF certified, with two reserve housings and “the best back […]





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Nova’s new online shop

Nova’s new online shop

Nova have opened an online shop selling their accessories and clothing range. If your local dealer doesn’t carry your size in that must-have T-shirt, say Nova, you can now order it online. The shop will be stocked with more products in the coming weeks. • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com. Subscribe to the world’s favourite […]





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Apco Lift 400 – PPC Wing

Apco Lift 400 – PPC Wing

Apco have released a smaller version of their Lift 450 reflex PPC (Powered Parachute) wing for trikes. The Lift 400 is rated for 200-400kg payloads (the 450 is for 250-450kg) and will suit lighter trikes, or pilots of heavier trikes looking for extra speed. The Lift 400 wing will boost your efficiency, allowing you to […]





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